[License-discuss] For Public Comment: The Libre Source License

John Cowan cowan at ccil.org
Wed Aug 14 20:58:59 UTC 2019

Thanks for the clarification.  I simply reacted to your saying that private
modifications are not necessarily protected by OSD-compliant licenses.

On Wed, Aug 14, 2019 at 4:53 PM Bruce Perens <bruce at perens.com> wrote:

> On Wed, Aug 14, 2019 at 1:45 PM John Cowan <cowan at ccil.org> wrote:
>> I think that OSD #3 does exactly that.  "The license must allow
>> modifications and derived works [...]"  A license that even
>> conditionally forbids those activities is not, on my reading, an open
>> source license.
> But of course we are not talking about licenses that conditionally forbid
> those activities, only licenses that activate their source code
> distribution terms upon the creation of a derivative work. Obviously the
> OSD permits activation of the source code distribution terms for derivative
> works. The only difference under discussion is *when. *The OSD doesn't
> have any language regarding when the distribution terms may, or may not, be
> activated.
>     Thanks
>     Bruce
> --
> Bruce Perens - Partner, OSS.Capital.
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